Lexington's Ronald McDonald House will be closed to families for 10 weeks beginning Dec. 27 for renovation.
The $602,000 project includes adding one room and remodeling the existing 20 rooms down to the studs, said Sarah Lister, executive director of RMHC of the Bluegrass.
The renovation includes replacing wiring, plumbing, insulation and ventilation, and replacement of residential-grade materials with those used in industrial buildings to improve maintenance and durability.
The charity has worked out an arrangement with the Campbell House in Lexington to provide rooms for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House after Dec. 27. The charity will cover a negotiated rate for those rooms. No new families will be accepted until renovations are complete.
The charity had to decide between an intensive 10-week renovation that would halt services or a 32-week piece-meal renovation that would allow some rooms to remain open, Lister said. The 10-week plan was chosen because of concerns over the health and safety of families living in a construction zone.
After checking records going back 10 years, officials determined that the first of the year typically has fewer families in need than other parts of the year, she said.
So far, $529,997 has been raised for the renovation project, and Lister is hoping community donors will help raise the rest of the money.
Since it opened in 1984, the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington has housed more than 25,000 people. It's a home away from home for families with critically ill children.
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Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms. Blog: BluegrassMoms.com.